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B-52 in the air
B-52 in the air

Find out about the planes that are going to be flying or appearing in Jersey for the air display.

The B52 Stratofortress is Boeing's veteran heavy bomber and is still one of America's most effective combat aircraft.

Now some 40 years after first coming into service, the plane is quite enormous with a wingspan of 185 ft, it's over 159 feet long, and it and weighs nearly 220 metric tons fully loaded.

Despite that, it's still a very fast plane, capable of 650 mph with it's eight Pratt & Whitney TF33-P-3/103 turbofans mounted in groups of two, and it's able to fly up to 50,000 feet. It can go a long way as well, some 8,800 miles without being refueled.

The aircraft can carry 70,000 lb bombs, including conventional free fall bombs and cruise missiles. B52 bombers also have a nuclear capability made famous in the 1960s film Dr Strangelove.

 




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